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March 30, 2010

Needs and tools

Background: 4th class with a group of 7 students. Last year of secondary school. Intermediate level (on the papers; in real life, pre-intermediate/high elementary). Use Spanish to communicate in class, claim they cannot speak English.

Situation: Students complain (in Spanish) that the following class will coexist with a Boca-River football match. They don’t want to attend, but they have an institutional exam.

They know I’m on Twitter. I tweet and read aloud as I write.

“We’re intelligent,” one of my students says. In English.

I tweet:

They start to have a conversation in English for the first time ever.

I don’t mean to say that you can use twitter to change your students’ attitude. This is not one of the thousand ways you can use twitter in education. What I do want to say is, keep it simple. Digital tools should help you meet your class needs. Just as a piece of chalk does. Just as the tone of your voice does.

(This post was inspired on reality + #3 and #6 here.)

En español.
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December 8, 2008

Mess and order

The school year is over.
I haven’t written here for a long time.
This blog was meant to record my experience with social media in ELT. There are no records, there’s no experience.

The second part of the school year was characterised by a deep crash into reality.
First of all, a continuous succession of private non desirable affairs drove all my strength into my family life.
Second, I sort of surrendered to my school reality: no computers.

It was a difficult semester. My mind urged wandering. Reality urged being present.

In that messy state of affairs something was a great aid to stick to what should be done: the wiki.

(I should have started a wiki for family stuff, it might have helped)

The class wiki was the place to set my mind at ease. I usually hate planning; when I plan too much, I know I’m not at my best.

In this second semester I needed planning: I knew I was not at my best. The wiki supported this planning, helped me plunged into class reality. The wiki and google docs.

Photo credits:
b-nik

Related post in Spanish here.